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22 June 2009
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Academy Award® Winner
Chris Landreth to Speak at SIGGRAPH 2009
(Chicago, IL) - SIGGRAPH 2009 announces Academy
Award® winner Chris Landreth as a special guest speaker during
this year's renowned Computer Animation Festival. Landreth will
show his newest short film, The Spine, and share insights
into the development, and psychologically-driven animation of the
film's characters during a special discussion held on Thursday, 6
The Spine Directed by Chris Landreth
Produced by Steven Hoban (Copper Heart Entertainment Inc.), Marcy
Page (NFB), Mark Smith (Copper Heart Entertainment Inc.) Photo
taken from the production (c) 2009 National Film Board of Canada
All Rights Reserved.
Landreth will discuss the unintended consequence
of the "Uncanny Valley" - the "creepy" effect of making CGI
characters too realistic - as well as how The Spine
attempts to avoid this outcome. He will describe how his animators
used a method acting approach to create movement in these
characters including how they mimicked subtle gestures, ticks, and
micro-expressions in faces and bodies. Highlights of how the film's
crew balanced realism and stylization to create characters who are
"Uncanny", in a positive way will also be discussed.
"It is an honor to have Chris return to give back
to the SIGGRAPH audience. He has a wonderful story to tell that
should be applicable across multiple industry lines," stated Carlye
Archibeque, SIGGRAPH 2009 Computer Animation Festival Executive
Producer. "Chris' animation expertise, as well as his long-standing
history with SIGGRAPH, specifically his participation in the
Computer Animation Festival, offer a great example of the caliber
of work showcased in this great venue and what is possible by
showcasing your talents at SIGGRAPH."
Landreth first received acclaim in 2004 at
SIGGRAPH when his animated short, Ryan, won its Best of
Show Award. The film's story was based on the life of Ryan Larkin,
a former animator who produced some of the most influential
animated films of his time at the National Film Board of Canada.
Ryan went on to receive an Academy Award for Best Animated
Short later that year.
The Spine was produced by the National
Film Board of Canada in association with Copperheart Animation and
C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures, with the creative participation of
Autodesk Canada CO. and Seneca College School of Communication
Complete information on this session and other details related
to the Computer Animation Festival is available at http://www.siggraph.org/s2009/computer_animation_festival/index.php.
The SIGGRAPH 2009 Computer Animation Festival Preview Video is
also available for download.
For detailed information on the SIGGRAPH 2009
dynamically evolving program or to download a copy of the SIGGRAPH 2009 Preview Video visit www.siggraph.org/s2009.
SIGGRAPH 2009 will bring an anticipated 20,000 computer graphics
and interactive technology professionals from six continents to New
Orleans, Louisiana, USA for the industry's most respected technical
and creative programs focusing on research, science, art,
animation, music, gaming, interactivity, education, and the web
from Monday, 3 August through Friday, 7 August 2009 at the Ernest
N. Morial Convention Center. SIGGRAPH 2009 includes a three-day
exhibition of products and services from the computer graphics and
interactive marketplace from 4-6 August 2009. More than 200
international exhibiting companies are expected. More details are
available at www.siggraph.org/s2009.
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researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources
and address the field's challenges. ACM strengthens the computing
profession's collective voice through strong leadership, promotion
of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence.
ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing
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